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    Cancer and Careers empowers and educates people with cancer to thrive in their workplace, by providing expert advice, interactive tools and educational events.

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ASK A CAREER COACH

Consult our professional coaches for answers to questions about how cancer might impact your job — or your efforts to find one.

  • Self employed

    By Peter W.

    I recently was diagnosed and am undergoing treatment for bladder cancer.… I am a solo practitioner [architect], in my early 60’s…. My current thoughts are to close up shop and go work for someone else…. Any advice?
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    Julie Jansen

    CAREER COACH

    Hi Peter, It is true that learning that you have cancer definitely causes you to think about what is really meaningful to you and your family. I do think that it is important to ask yourself some thoughtful questions before pursuing a different path.
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  • In Need of a Change…

    By Laura R.

    Went through chemo/radiation, surgery and I worked throughout treatment, work kept me sane and encouraged to strive onwards. Now I’m cancer free. Within the last year though, I find myself incredibly unhappy with work…and when I’m not passionate for what I do, I’m definitely having problems.
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    Kathy Flora

    CAREER COACH

    Hi, Laura, It sounds like you have made a wonderful life of satisfying work and friendships that relate to that work, but that you have outgrown that safe place in many ways…a place where many of us find ourselves at mid-life, where we reflect, regroup and find new challenges and relationships that can carry us into our next exciting stage of life.
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  • Searching for Direction

    By Sompet M.

    I’ve been battling stage 3 colon rectal cancer. My job was eliminated after I’d been there 7 yrs as a cook for 180 kids a day. I went back to work after my surgery, rehab, and a chemo pump, but now I can’t find a job and I am worried. I don't know how to do anything else…this type of work is extremely physical and I’m afraid I can't keep up….
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    Bud Bilanich

    CAREER COACH

    Sompet: I’m glad to hear that you seem to be doing OK physically after your treatment. I’m sorry to hear that you lost your job. This may be the time to look into another line of work. I suggest you look into local non-profits that can help you retrain for a physically less demanding job.
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THE ISSUE

50 %

Nearly 50% of cancer survivors are of working age.

20 %

of cancer survivors still report work limitations affected by cancer-related problems 1-5 years after diagnosis.

890

cancer discrimination claims were received by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2016.

OUR IMPACT

365,000+

individuals access expert information, support and resources online, in print and in person annually.

99 %

of 2016 program participants said they can use what they learned in their day-to-day activities.

$133,424

in travel grants have brought 206 scholarship recipients from 47 states to the National Conference since 2012.